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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie 05/22/11

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff started off the very popular If You Give series back in 1985. I'm surprised I didn't run into at that time. My brother would have been the perfect age and I read a ton of picture books to him. Whatever the reason, I completely missed this book until I had my own children.

Like all the books in the series, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a classic pattern book. It's also circular. Things progress through all the different things that the mouse will want after being offered a cookie, only to return to the mouse wanting another cookie.

As a parent I see the humor in the boy's futile but earnest attempt to keep the mouse happy. Parenting is exactly like that. Round and round and round! The only way to get out of the cycle is to wait for the little ones to grow into a new one!

Three stars.

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Comment #1: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 01:21:26

Laura @ I'm Booking It

I really enjoyed these books when my daughter was young.

Have you seen the "If you give a mom a muffin" parody? You'd probably enjoy it as well!

Comment #2: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 11:06:12


I haven't seen the parody. I'll keep an eye out for it.

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